Notes from the North Campus – 12.4.20

From our north campus principal, Ann Taylor

I hope everyone had a blessed, safe, healthy Thanksgiving. It was great to be able to pull our teaching staff together for their inservice on Tuesday, December 1. My prayer is for a healthy 10 more days of school at north campus and the district to get us to Christmas break. Part of that will be with the cooperation of staff and families to self-evaluate. Please, continue to take your student(s) temperature every morning, and if you see any of the signs that the school has indicated in emails as we started the break, please get tested and do not expose others. We are encouraging staff of course to do the same. If we have a child show up with health concerns, teachers are directed to send them to the nurse as soon in the day as possible. We know God is sovereign and has His plan – we just need to cooperate in areas of protection and safety for all involved. It is wonderful to be back at north campus. Dress warmly for matins outside to start our days in prayer and praise to our Lord especially in this Advent season.

As we enter into a time of thanksgiving during justified concerns, know God is on His throne. I wanted to share a set of scriptures I prayed the other day in my morning study that really spoke to me:

Let every word of yours benefit me, being united by faith, Hebrews 4:2(ESV) by which I receive your testimony and set my seal to this: that God is true. John 3:33(ESV)

I beg you, work in me that faith which is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen, Hebrews 11:1(ESV) by which I may look above the things that are seen, that are transient, and may look at the things that are unseen, that are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18(ESV)

Enable me by faith to set the LORD always before me, Psalm 16:8(ESV) and to have my eyes ever towards him, Psalm 25:15(ESV) that I may act in everything, as seeing him who is invisible, and may look to the reward. Hebrews 11:26-27(ESV)

Let my heart be cleansed by faith, Acts 15:9(ESV) and let it be my victory to overcome the world; 1 John 5:4(ESV) and let me be kept from fainting by believing that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13(ESV)

To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:17(ESV) To him be honor and eternal dominion; 1 Timothy 6:16(ESV) to him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:11(ESV)

Note on drop off

Please, if you are running late and we are not outside for matins (rain, temperature, etc.), park and walk your student(s) into the main entrance of Veritas Hall. We had a student get locked out because the child was dropped off in front and went to the middle doors of Veritas Hall (which was locked since we had matins inside that day). This is a safety concern. I appreciate your assistance regardless of the age of your children.

Calendar Events for this next week:

  • December 7 Chapel (formal uniform)
  • December 7 & 8 Bake Sale
  • December 9 Spirit Day
  • December 10 PK3 Bach & Mozart Nativity Festival – this will be recorded and shared
  • December 10 8th grade Rising to Rhetoric Day at Midtown campus. Details will be coming.
  • December 11 North Dialectic Spirit Day

Note from Amy Allen, one of our TAO coordinators

This was shared with teachers, and I thought it would be handy for parents to also be informed.

As we have more and more grammar students transitioning to online learning options, it seems prudent and wise to consider how we will deal with some of the issues that come up as a result. Here are some guidelines about how we will count absences. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

  • Students who have elected to receive a packet of work will be marked as NS (no school) in their records for the entire period of time they are out, so these “absences” will not show on their report card.
  • Traditional students who have elected to temporarily move to TAO, will be marked present on the days they participate in TAO, and as NS (no school) on the days they complete home day work on their own.
  • Students who are zooming into their regular class will be marked as present for any day they attend class for any amount of time and absent on any day they choose not to attend the zoom calls.

NOTE: Until the return from Christmas at the earliest, JCL will not be meeting. There are other adjustments being considered for various north campus activities. You will get notifications as these scheduling changes are put in place due to COVID protocol.

Calendar Notes for the rest of First Semester:

  • December 14 Dialectic Christmas Party
  • December 15 Chapel (formal uniform)
  • December 15 North Christmas Feast Will be modified due to the COVID situation.
  • December 16 Bach Last Day of School before Christmas Break
  • December 17 3Trad Tumnus Tea Party
  • December 17 Mozart Last Day
  • December 18 Traditional grammar, Dialectic, Rhetoric Last Day
  • ½ Day dismissal at 12:00 NO LUNCH
  • End of Second Quarter
  • December 21-January 8 Christmas Break NO SCHOOL

Thank you all for being so great! I appreciate each of you very much. Please call or email or text questions or concerns to me as needed. In spite of our quarantines, to date there have been no individuals who have contracted COVID from students or staff coming to school and breaking with symptoms, testing positive, and requiring quarantine for a large number of students, which is a blessing! (SO thankful for our nurse, Katie Barrier, as the watch dog on our district.) Monitor your family’s health and be very aware of any changes in each member of your family and attend to those symptoms sooner than later, and please do not send to school.